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5:20 AM ET, March 20, 2023

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New York Times:
Trump Grand Jury Could Hear From Critic of Prosecution's Star Witness  —  The grand jury considering the hush-money case against Mr. Trump might hear the testimony of lawyer Robert J. Costello, a critic of the ex-president's fixer.  —  A Manhattan grand jury that is expected to vote soon …
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case  —  Manhattan district attorney expected to file criminal charges against ex-president for payment to adult film star in 2016  —  Donald Trump is bracing for his most legally perilous week since he left the White House …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Dissecting Charges That Could Arise From the Trump Investigations  —  Prosecutors in New York, Georgia and the Justice Department face complex choices about what crimes to charge if they decide to indict Donald Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Prosecutors like to say that they investigate crimes, not people.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment
Politico:
Why an indictment may help Trump — and threaten the GOP
emptywheel:
Pavlov's Press Corps: Trump Once Again Got Journalists to Willingly Serve as His Incitement Mules
Discussion: The Jewish Press
Politico:
McCarthy pushes back against Trump's calls for protests: ‘We want calmness out there’  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Sunday pushed back on Donald Trump's calls for protests if he is ultimately indicted, instead calling for “calmness” and urging against any violence.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Proud Boys bloodied and jailed during NYC drag queen story hour protest  —  Clashes between Proud Boys and counter-protesters led to at least one arrest on Sunday.  —  The incidents occurred on 7th Avenue in New York City at the Drag Queen Story Hour with Attorney General Letitia James event.
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Ty Ross / Washington Press:
DRAGGED: Proud Boys get beat up at NYC drag queen story hour
Discussion: The Post Millennial
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Confronts Pence With Stunning Audio of Trump Defending ‘Hang Mike Pence!’  Chanters: He's ‘Justifying’ People ‘Calling for You to Be Hanged!’  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence faced an intense interview from ABC News's Jon Karl — during which he was forced to directly respond …
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Associated Press:
Trump's call for protests get muted reaction from supporters
New York Times:
UBS Agrees to Buy Rival Credit Suisse  —  In a deal brokered by the Swiss government, Switzerland's largest bank will buy its smaller rival for about $3.2 billion.  —  Michael de la Merced, Maureen Farrell and Andrew Ross Sorkin cover global finance from London and New York.
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Financial Times:
UBS agrees to buy Credit Suisse for more than $2bn
John Walcott / Foreign Affairs:
Why the Press Failed on Iraq … Twenty years ago, the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and eliminate the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) officials said he had.  Getting the American public to support a war against a country that had not attacked …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
How Elon Musk knocked Tesla's ‘Full Self-Driving’ off course  —  Tesla's campaign to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle has suffered amid mounting safety concerns — and the boss's Twitter distraction  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Long before he became “Chief Twit” of Twitter, Elon Musk had a different obsession …
Discussion: IJR, more at Techmeme »
Max de Haldevang / Bloomberg:
Vulcan Facility Seizure Adds to Tension Between US and Mexico  —  The seizure of a US company's marine terminal in Mexico has drawn criticism from a US senator and risks sparking more tension between the two nations amid spats over energy and security.  —  US construction firm Vulcan Materials alleges …
Discussion: Fox News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why white Christian nationalists are in such a panic  —  You might find it strange that a large segment of the Republican base thinks Whites are the true victims of racism and that Christians are under attack.  After all, America's biggest racial group is still Whites; the most common religious affiliation remains Christianity.
Will Selber / Bulwark+:
Moral Injuries  —  Remembering what the Iraq War was like, 20 years later.  —  “Shock and awe.”  Twenty years ago today, that was the phrase everyone kept saying as America invaded Iraq.  There will be lots of analysis on this anniversary, discussions about what happened, why, and whether or not it was worth the cost.
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
DeSantis's pivotal service at Guantánamo during a violent year  —  “Hey, you can actually force-feed,” Ron DeSantis advised, which detainee lawyers said amounted to torture  —  Ron DeSantis was a 27-year-old Navy lawyer fresh out of Harvard Law School when he arrived in Guantánamo Bay …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Sen. Warren calls for lifting deposit insurance cap, blasts Fed  —  A longtime critic of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell, she also urged the Fed to pause its rate hikes  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday called on Congress to lift the federal insurance levels …
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The White House:
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Politico:
Abortion on the ballot? Not if these Republican lawmakers can help it.
Discussion: National Review and Plain Dealer
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Is the United States Creating a ‘Legion of Doom’?
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Jerusalem Post:
Judaism is the foundation of Israel, not democracy, former chief rabbi claims
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Rachel M. Cohen / Vox:
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Voters of color are a big reason Trump leads the GOP primary
Discussion: The Numbers, HotAir and Raw Story
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
GOP donor faces trial on charges of sex trafficking minors
Tara Copp / Associated Press:
Higher cancer rates found in military pilots, ground crews
New York Times:
Businesses in Phoenix Struggle As Homelessness Crisis Continues
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Covid Politics Leave a Florida Public Hospital Shaken
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 18, 2023  —  Rumors that he is about to be indicted in New York in connection …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo